This heavily wooded park adjoins the Sam Houston National Forest and encloses the 210-acre Lake Raven. The park offerscamping, hiking, biking, boating (motor size unrestricted; speed is limited to idle speed), guided horseback trail rides with horses provided by 2E Stables, fishing, swimming in an unsupervised swimming area, canoe and paddle boat rentals, and nature study.
This place is huge and you can do a little of everything. Hunting, fishing, hiking, riding atv's, etc. The workers are parking nazi's though, so make sure to pay the fee and place your ticket stub on dash!
For East Texas, this park is great.
no big views, or challenging rock face to scale.
This is all about 2 maybe 3 things, camping, boating and a nature trail hiking path.
the campgrounds are normally clean, I have seen some times when it is lacking, most of those times are after big holidays and peak of summer when there are to many people and not enough clean up crew. the tent campsites are a little close to one another, but not so much that its a big deal. some have power, and there are also like cabanas or huts or whatever-they-are-called structures you can rent. They are probably 30-40 years old and are showing their age. also bring your own BBQ or stove, if you are planning on cooking. as the camp "BBQ" pits are those crap 3 sided open top steal boxes with a cattle guard over the top with 30 years of grease on them.
If you are RVing here let them know if you are a novice driver or that you cant back into a spot and they are usually able to get you a spot that is a little easier to get into. There are a few spots I've seen folks get stuck after going down a road that has a hard turn they are not willing or able to do and then there a row of cars behind them and it becomes a CF for a few minutes until, A) someone stops traffic and lets them back out, or B) a more skilled RV driver comes and rescues them. as a lot of parks many RV spots are dirt, and some have a tree or 6 blocking long slideouts. usually the place is very friendly.
The nature trail is a very entry trail that is suposably somewhat wheelchair accessible. there are more hiking trails that are mellow and show off the lake and forest nicely. with the park being part of the Sam Houston Forest, the nature trails connect to the more challenging trails in the forrest. there are some 30 miles of trails in the forest, and is much more wild than the maintained trails of the park. you can get lost in there very easily. so bring a GPS, also there is no cell coverage so pack a signal incase you are in distress and the trails are lightly used and rarely patrolled if at all.
If you go in the spring or fall the place is very relaxing and the temperatures are perfect!
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Huntsville State Park
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